hahaha burning pine question has been really beat up lately. It is partially my fault, sorry.
I actually just finished bringing a small truck load into my yard from the back woods. I split and stacked it. The tree was one of my standing dead pines that got chocked out by vines before I moved in here. No sap that I can see in the wood.
This wood is gonna be my OH NO we are getting low on wood, wood. This is my first year burning so I don't know how much wood to expect to burn. I actually have a question at this point but I will but it in the wood shed so the Mods. Don't chase me down!
I have six cords of pine. Cut, split and stacked.
I am gonna burn it all.
My father has burned nothing but pine for 30 years.
As long as its dry, no problem.
We cut only standing dead trees. Split within a few weeks of cutting.
I'll have to tell all the forests out here to stop that darn pine growth and maybe I'll throw some acorns on the ground since the pine's clogging up my chimney. Should be all set in about what, 60-80 years? Oh wait - the pine beetle's already taking care of it for us!
As Todd mentioned, those of us out west do just fine with pine (it even rhymes). The beetle kill has unfortunately left an enormous number of dead and standing dead trees; so we should have plenty for the next decade or so. Just means more reasons to go play in the woods with the truck and a saw. Darn!
im not sure what to post right now, advocating the burning of pine, or a dripping-with-sarcasm post about how if you burn pine your house will burn down, insurance will deny the claim, you will have to live with your mother in law and will cause you to have hemmroids. Oh, and your daughter will end up pregnant.
Okay, i'll advocate it. I am a first year burner and at first I was told all of the above by my father in law (he also said the same about birch). After discovering the truth, I love pine. I use it in the morning to get the fire nice and hot to warm up the house. I use it for kindling, and next year I plan on using it all through the spring and fall (along woth birch and spruce).
The only way to save your house from burning down is to load up your truck or trailer with it and get it off your land immediately by bringing it to me so I can dispose of it properly. Pine will spontaneously combust and the flames can jump hundreds of feet to your house burning it down instantly.
Heres a good one: I was chatting on the phone with my mom, talking about wood burning of course. She is not a wood burner in any way, shape of form. I mentioned something about pine, and she gasped and said YOU BURN THAT??? ITS NO GOOD I spent 15 min schooling her on the subject, and she said my grandfather would be turning in his grave if he heard me say that.